New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced a settlement with a masonry contractor working on New York City’s St. Mark’s senior housing project in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn.
The AG’s investigation revealed that Masonry Services, Inc. (MSI) paid employees below the required prevailing wage for work on the project and pocketed the difference.
The firm agreed to pay the shorted workers $575,000 in back wages and $25,000 in court costs.
The firm also agreed to pay for independent monitoring of the firm’s labor practices on publicly funded projects. Should MSI be found guilty of any other violations while working on publicly funded projects, it has agreed to be placed on the state’s debarment list, which would prevent it from working on state-funded projects for five years.